Continuity of Care Clerkship



Presentation Group Session, Wed March 4th at 1:20p in LKSC 308

Project Group Session, Wed February 5th at 1:30p in LKSC 308



Kim Chiang, MD

QI Lead:

Amelia Sattler, MD 


Anthony Duong, MPH


The Continuity of Care Clerkship (CCC) is designed to give third and fourth year medical students exposure to the longitudinal aspects of medicine and health care in the specialty of their choice. This clerkship is distinct from traditional clerkships, which focus on acute problems and treatment in an inpatient setting. This clerkship offers chronic care training, emphasizing skills of prevention, long-term health management, and follow-up in the context of social factors and the patient’s life history. In addition to medical knowledge, students have an opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of primary and specialty care including long-term relationships with patients and colleagues, economic challenges of inpatient and ambulatory medicine, and time management. Students will be better prepared to make career decisions and to be better clinicians in whatever specialty they choose.

We also offer structured quality improvement and health systems science training and mentorship through the Quality Improvement (QI) Track. Students who choose to participate will learn the basics of QI methodology and have the opportunity to complete a project in their clinic setting. 


A 9-period elective, 6 units: One afternoon each week 

Prerequisite: FAMMED 301A, MED 300A/313A, OBGYN 300A, OR PEDS 300A

Traditional Track:

  • 30 Clinic Sessions 
  • 6 Continuity Presentation Group Sessions (ODD periods)
  • 20-minute presentation to your peers, ideally inspired by a patient you saw in clinic


Quality Improvement (QI) Track:

  • 27 Clinic Sessions
  • 9 Continuity Group Sessions, including Project (EVEN periods) and Presentation (ODD periods) Group Sessions
  • Complete Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Quality Improvement Course (virtual) OR Principles and Practice of Healthcare Quality Improvement (MED 210)
  • Present project A3 to Continuity Clerkship students
  • Present/submit completed A3 to clinic manager
  • Present project at a local or national conference (optional, but encouraged)
  • Submit project for publication to a peer-reviewed journal (optional, but encouraged)


Presentation Group Sessions

  • From 1:30p - 4:30p on the first Wednesday of each ODD PERIOD
  • Student presentations
  • Do not attend clinic the week of Group Sessions


Project Group Sessions

  • From 1:30p - 4:30p on the first Wednesday of each EVEN PERIOD
  • Project check-ins, didactic instruction and project mentorship 
  • Do not attend clinic the week of Group Sessions 


Experience the natural evolution of chronic diseases over time in a variety of clinic types, including the impact of psychosocial, economic, cultural and family factors through multiple interactions with patients over time at different points in their illness or maintenance of wellness

  • Provides students the opportunity to apply their growing mastery of basic clinical skills and diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning as the foundation upon which to build deeper, more complex learning over time.


Develop long term relationships with patients and appreciate the importance of healing connections (clinic must offer continuity of care/returning patients)

  • Increased level of engagement over time fosters caring, sense of responsibility and duty
  • Understand and empathize with their patient's experience of illness over time


Form meaningful relationships with a community or faculty preceptor

  • Allows for more in-depth needs assessment/ and setting of goals that can be progressively addressed and mastered. Sustained knowledge of student’s developmental trajectory, strengths, and learning edges allows preceptors to tailor their teaching accordingly
  • Learn about effective communication within teams and across specialties and the value of connecting with community resources and other health care support networks

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the Continuity of Care Clerkship, please contact us.